IN THE NEWS: Dutchess County SPCA Shelter Cat Wins ‘Purrfectly Impurrfect’ Arm & Hammer Contest

J.R. Winner of Purrfect Impurrfect Contest

The Dutchess County SPCA is receiving $10,000 because our shelter cat J.R. was judged “Purrfectly Impurrfect.” J.R. was one of three winners of the annual  “Purrfectly Impurrfect” campaign run by the maker of Arm & Hammer cat litter, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

The campaign’s nominees are shelter cats who have been overlooked for adoption due to their appearance, personalities or age, with the idea that they may be helped to find a place to call home. Cats were nominated by shelters and cat fans through, where each nominated feline’s story was told. The website received almost 2,000 nominations.

For more information on J.R.’s win, please see the following:

Poughkeepsie Journal

PR Newswire

The Trentonian




DCSPCA Adoption & Education Center Re-Opens This Friday, June 26th!

We are happy to announce that the Dutchess County SPCA Adoption Center is re-opening June 26, 2020! Please read the following carefully, because our hours and procedures have changed:

Fridays: 12 pm to 6pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12 pm to 4pm
Monday through Thursday: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

We appreciate your patience as we implement these


  • All visitors to the Adoption Center must wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be allowed to enter our facility.
  • ONLY 3 separate parties will be allowed to enter or be present in the Adoption Center at any given time.
  • ONLY 2 people per party will be allowed to enter the Adoption Center. If more family members are present, they will have to wait in their car until one of the other members exits the Adoption Center.
  • Everyone entering the building must sign in on our tablet, which will include questions about your exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Visitors will be accompanied by an adoption counselor during their visit.

Please expect to wait to enter the building.

The majority of our pets are in foster homes and not at the shelter. The best way to meet a pet is to go to our website

1. If you see a pet you would like to meet, complete the application form for that pet.

2. Call our adoption center: 845-452-7722, x-420 and make an appointment to meet that pet.

3. Arrangements will be made for you to either first speak with the foster or meet the pet in person.

We appreciate your patience, understanding and support as we evolve to better serve the pets and people of Dutchess County.

Let’s #MakeHomeHappen

The Dutchess County SPCA Wellness Clinic re-opens on July 11, 2020 and is taking bookings online now. The Paws for a Cause Thriftshoppe re-opened June 9, 2020.


Wellness Clinic Re-Opens July 1, 2020

Veterinarian Examining KittenWellness Wednesdays starting July 1st!
Hours: 9:30 am – 12:30 am and 1:30 pm- 4:30pm

The Dutchess County SPCA wellness clinic is now booking appointments for Wednesdays in July. Please visit the clinic webpage for information on our current services and instructions on booking appointments using our new online scheduling system.

Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic With T.A.R.A., Inc. June 11th

T.A.R.A. will be hosting a mobile cat spay/neuter clinic on June 11, 2020 at our facility in Hyde Park. Service is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and the number of available appointments are limited, so please call 845-452-7722, x-425. Due to new safety procedures, we will not be able to take walk-ins for this event.

More dates will be listed in our Facebook Event section as they become available:

Multiple Hoarding Cases Leave Dutchess County SPCA Flooded with Felines

Contact: Penny Schouten
845-452-7722, x-433
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100 Cats Await New Homes at DCSPCA

(Hyde Park, New York – March 6, 2020) – Three hoarding cases in the span of four weeks has left Dutchess County SPCA with lots of four legged friends seeking new families. Although the agency’s Humane Law department commonly deals with multiple hoarding cases throughout the year, it’s unusual to have three cases occur in succession. 

Humane Law Officer John Anderson says “Our job is to serve the community and resolving hoarding situations is a difficult but necessary part of our work. We’re happy that we have been able to rescue these animals and move them on to better lives.”

The circumstances of the cases have varied significantly, as has the health of the animals brought into the shelter. Dutchess County SPCA’s staff have been working around the clock to ensure that the cats receive all the care they need in a timely manner, so that they can find new homes quickly. Director of Animal Care Audrey Lodato states “Once the cats are in the shelter, the priority is to get them healthy and available for adoption as fast as possible. They have been through enough heartache and it’s time for them to have safe homes and families so they never have to experience neglect again.”
The cases also have a significant financial impact on the organization. All of the animals will need vaccines, and some will need costly surgeries and lab tests. Staff have been working long hours to care for the animals. Lynne Melocarro, Executive Director, talked about how the cases impacted the shelter financially. “Any time we respond to a situation like this, we utilize a significant number of resources. Staff time, equipment, veterinary care, food, litter…All of these things add up to a significant amount of money. We rely on the community for support in times like this and we hope that our county will step up to support the shelter. We don’t receive any government funding so cases like this stretch our budget along with our hearts.” 

Some of the cats are already available for adoption, and more cats will be moved up to the organization’s Adoption and Education center over the next few weeks. Donations can be made at the organization’s website,, or by mailing a check or cash to DCSPCA, 636 Violet Ave, Hyde Park, NY 12538


Related story: Dutchess County SPCA Rescues Over a Dozen Cats From Abandoned Trailer in Dover

CANCELLED: Na-MEOW-ste: Cat Yoga 2020 at Dutchess County SPCA

Due to the pandemic and NY State mandates, all sessions are cancelled for 2020.  We look forward to the time when we can all gather together again.

Join our flexible felines for Beginner Yoga and become a more peaceful purrson!

CLASSES for 2020:

March 10: Cancelled
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